…into the future.
It is insane to see how much time goes between my posts here. This was one of my pet projects for so long. I lived and breathed for the hunt. Then life gets in the way and it slowly slipped into a blog about my Harley Quinn collection. Granted, that was about the only thing I was collecting at the time. Now I go nearly a full year without a post of any kind. I guess I should really fix that.
Over the last year, I’ve had my interests going through a roller coaster of peaks and dips. I’ve tried staying true to my comic book background, especially anything in relation to Batman and Harley Quinn, but there seemed to be an explosion for the latter that has made it rather difficult to maintain pace. I’ve got into some serious hobby gaming. Jumped head first into the TCG waters with Panini’s rerelease of the “DragonBall Z” card game. WizKids released a game called Dice Masters and D&D Attack Wing that sparked interest, spinning out of my love of HeroClix and Star Trek Attack Wing. I’ve also started looking into the possibilities of games like WarHammer and Hordes. I’m still not sure about that.
My comic collecting took a major back seat in this crazy car ride of life. I found myself going from 30-40 books a month to 10-15, needless to say killing my goal of “1000 books in a year”. This was due in a combination of several things, from restructuring at work (no job loss, thankfully, but I had to be prepared) to a utter exhaustion of events, gimmicks and low print runs. Books like Batman and Harley Quinn kept me reading, but nothing really dragged me in and immersed me like they used to. From time to time, though, I’d find a book that sparked an interest like Archie’s relaunch of “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” but that interest would soon give into boredom. Events like Trinity War and Forever Evil turned me off of several books I was reading, like Justice League and Justice League Dark, but events like Spider-Verse had me drooling for more.
I attended my first gaming only convention, GenCon, and entered my first major world tournament for any type of gaming. Between bad calls and player attitude that was for a prize that amounted to glorified bragging rights, I found myself isolated for the interest of competitive gaming. However, as ticket registration has previously ended for this year’s GenCon, I find myself actually contemplating trying again. Not for the game that turned me off in the first place (HeroClix), but for other games that might have a better system of risk vs. reward.
After C2E2, I found myself attending only one other comic convention in 2014: Geek Galaxy in Evansville, IN. It was in my own backyard so I’d have been a fool not to go. Instead of a fan, however, I attended as an artist. It was a fun show, met some great people and celebrities, but in the end it was a fruitless endeavor to get myself out there as an artist. I spent hundreds of dollars to prepare, set up and attend the show only to have a small number of people look at my stuff, let alone purchase anything. Those that did were either friends or acquaintances. Many of the artists I spoke with from the show would account it to a bad crowd, poor foot traffic (everyone was there for the Power Ranger actors), poor location (I was in a corner, wedged between a booth selling buttons and a replica Jeep from ‘Jurassic Park), ect. I chalk it up to my style and skill, or lack there of.
The holidays saw me working for a job I still hate, even after eight years. Going into my ninth year with my company, I have to wonder if I have Stockholm Syndrome.
However, I digress.
2015 is a new year. And while we are officially a month in, there are still eleven more months to turn things around. C2E2 is coming up quickly in April, with GenCon in July. I have that collector itch once more and this time this blog will help me maintain it, keeping it from vanishing on me once more.
For those who have stuck by and waited for updates, this is it. For those joining me for the first time, I welcome you. Its going to be an amazing year and we’re going to ride it all the way to the end.
Until next time,